Do You Feel That You Are Being Micro Managed?

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Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Wolding is around 300 trucks, and has plenty of freight.

The president and most everyone else will know your name. It’s kind of freaky, to be honest. People so have never met will call me by first name, and I can’t figure out how they know it.

When I was in orientation the president stopped in at the restaurant across the street where a bunch of drivers were having breakfast and asked if he could join us. He was puzzled why he didn’t know me. I told him I wasn’t an employee yet, and he said Ok. I will know your name once you are hired.

But if you are looking to be micromanaged, you’re out of luck. I get my load, accept it, run it, scan in my paperwork and grab the next one.

The only contact I have is if I call in which is rare, and sometimes the load planner will call and ask if I would have load A, B, or C. He gives me my choice if possible because as he told me yesterday, “you’re an hourly driver that gets **** done”.

Great place to work, but like any trucking company, you need to manage yourself.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Wolding is around 300 trucks, and has plenty of freight.

The president and most everyone else will know your name. It’s kind of freaky, to be honest. People so have never met will call me by first name, and I can’t figure out how they know it.

When I was in orientation the president stopped in at the restaurant across the street where a bunch of drivers were having breakfast and asked if he could join us. He was puzzled why he didn’t know me. I told him I wasn’t an employee yet, and he said Ok. I will know your name once you are hired.

But if you are looking to be micromanaged, you’re out of luck. I get my load, accept it, run it, scan in my paperwork and grab the next one.

The only contact I have is if I call in which is rare, and sometimes the load planner will call and ask if I would have load A, B, or C. He gives me my choice if possible because as he told me yesterday, “you’re an hourly driver that gets **** done”.

Great place to work, but like any trucking company, you need to manage yourself.

So EXACTLY like FAB Express. (Fred, Anne (not me!) and Brian.. Bartuch) Same # of tractors as you, Grumpy... they know Tom by name, and he has no clue who they are sometimes.

The only one re: FAB that 'micromanages' Tom is . . . . well, me.

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Just me,

~ Anne ~

Rev's Comment
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Getting ready to start my 3rd week solo and if I was micromanaged I would quit. Just to much out in the road to deal with then having someone hundreds of miles away “over your shoulder” give me my load and let me run.

🙂

Mackerel (Mike D.)'s Comment
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Yes. That is what I am talking about.

Getting ready to start my 3rd week solo and if I was micromanaged I would quit. Just to much out in the road to deal with then having someone hundreds of miles away “over your shoulder” give me my load and let me run.

🙂

Errol V.'s Comment
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What part of your job are you worrying about being micro managed? After you get your own truck, you get dispatched with pick up and delivery times, often with prescribed routing and even which truck stop to fuel up at. Then you have federal regulations prescribing your maximum working hours and your minimum break times.

This is not micromanaging. Get your job done and no one will be looking over your shoulder.

Mackerel (Mike D.)'s Comment
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Well I just don't quite know yet? Errol, I have come from a passenger centered industry (the Railroad), maybe I am worried that it will be the same nonsense I suffered there. I would get called into the office because some passenger though I was "mean" for doing my job. Worried about making the wrong choice and having to adjust my plans. This forum has allowed me, if nothing else, to put my thoughts into words.

Old School's Comment
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Don't worry. Those bags of dog food in your trailer will NEVER call and complain about the ride being too rough.

Did you notice how none of us feel we are "micro-managed?"

Trucking is a very independent career. Do a great job and nobody will bother you.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rev's Comment
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It’s very independent. You’re the captain of that ship. That’s a two-edge sword but you won’t be micro managed. Depending on what type of job you have in the industry will determine how much interaction you will have with other employees of the company you are hauling to and from- for example I’m on a dedicated flatbed account and haul the coveted “building supplies” to places like Lowe’s and Home Depot etc. sometimes the employees can be a little rude but - killing them with kindness always wins for me... 🙃

Well I just don't quite know yet? Errol, I have come from a passenger centered industry (the Railroad), maybe I am worried that it will be the same nonsense I suffered there. I would get called into the office because some passenger though I was "mean" for doing my job. Worried about making the wrong choice and having to adjust my plans. This forum has allowed me, if nothing else, to put my thoughts into words.

Davy A.'s Comment
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I have very little experience, still in training, but I havent seen any micro managing. Yes there are procedures to follow at shippers and recievers for paperwork, which is in my opinion mild compared to insurance restoration on fires, and your logs, but again, very mild and I find it helps give me a guideline for managing my time and work flow. In fact, Ive seen the opposite of micro managing, I would say this is the closest career to being a business owner as i can find. It seems to me, you have to politely take charge of getting the things you need and communicating your needs to the office. It really seems up to the driver to run his program the way he needs to do it.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Mackerel worries:

Well I just don't quite know yet? Errol, I have come from a passenger centered industry (the Railroad), maybe I am worried that it will be the same nonsense I suffered there.

There ya go. If you deal with passengers, of course with each one you represent the railroad. You had better follow all the rules about dealing with passengers, and enforce railroad rules in a nice way. One complaint to the 800 number and you will be on the carpet explaining yourself. I don't blame you.

As I described, you don't deal with any paying customer. The most human contact you'll get on the job will be in shipping & receiving offices. TBH, the office people have a job to do, and though they may be pleasant enough, they are not required to put on a happy face all day long.

As I hope you have learned here, don't expect any micromanaging in your future.

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